17th Street Bar & Grill is a barbecue restaurant in Murphysboro.
17th Street Bar & Grill 1711 West Highway 50, O'Fallon, Illinois; 618-622-1717. Mike Mills has been named grand champion at the annual Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (a.k.a. the Super Bowl of Swine) three times -- a dynasty as notable as the Yankees of the late 1990s or the Patriots of this decade. His trademark sauce is a coppery brown, layered with flavor and applied with proper restraint. Two- and three-meat plates allow you to sample several different meats (brisket, chicken, pork shoulder, spicy smoked beef sausage), but the standout dish is the baby back ribs. Smoked in a pit over apple- and cherry-wood for as long as seven hours, Mills' ribs taste like pork raised on pure autumn sunshine.
In the heart of Soulard, 1860 Saloon serves up traditional bar food for Mardi Gras revelers and everyday visitors alike. Expect oysters, wings and fries for apps, while meals consist of catfish po' boys, pizzas and burgers. Like many Soulard-area restaurants, 1860 offers a shuttle to Rams, Cardinals and Blues games. You can enjoy live music every night in the front room, bar games like foosball and pool in the rec room, and all the way at the end of the house, there's a third room, replete with a full bar, ample seating, and a happily glowing fish tank.
Edwardsville's 222 Artisan Bakery offers more than the grab-it-and-go options typical of many coffee shop/bakery combos. Within the small, unassuming cafe lies an extensive menu, including sandwiches such as tuna, chicken salad and a create-your-own option, allowing diners to select their choice of bread, cheese, meat, spreads (tapenade, aioli and mayo, to name a few) and veggies. 222 also has pizza Fridays, another opportunity for diners to let their creative juices flow and select from such toppings at feta cheese and andouille sausage.
Ain't nothing like a good rooftop bar, and 360 is one of the swankest. Occupying the entire top floor of the Hilton at the Ballpark, 360 offers a view that rivals the Arch, without the cramped space of those washing machine-sized trams inside our unmistakable landmark. The owners of 360 spared no expense; the posh interior features a spectacular two-story waterfall, elegant bars both inside and out, and glassed-in VIP seating for the well-heeled. The extravagant menu features high-end and locally-sourced ingredients, and a perfectly curated drink list that will make your mouth water. From the roof deck, check out the nearby Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River churning just underneath, the cityscape to the west and a unique vantage point directly into Busch Stadium.
Located in the spacious, open lobby of the Merchant's Laclede building, which also happens to be home to the boutique, luxurious Hilton hotel, 400 Olive offers diners an upscale casual dining experience. This "urban grille" takes advantage of its location by placing diners in an elevated corner of the hotel's atmospheric charm. Lunch options include pastas, burgers and sandwiches, including a grilled crab cake sandwich and a seared tuna sandwich. Dinner entrees feature a filet, a rib eye and a tuna steak, as well as a maple-glazed pork loin and a macadamia nut-crusted salmon. 400 Olive also prepares an Amber Bock onion soup, with gruyère and provolone cheeses, and a cheesecake, savory not sweet, of smoked trout, served with an onion relish. Coffee and various desserts are also available.
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